News & Blog News Your December 2019 Direct Payment e-newsletter Did you know we offer free training? At Independent Lives, we offer free Skills for Care funded training for Personal Assistants working with adults. The subjects available are Basic First Aid, Manual Handling & Medication. Each attendee will also receive a training workbook in Safeguarding Adults and Infection Control. All of our training dates are available to book via our website. These will be in Hampshire and other areas in West Sussex. To find out more about the free training we offer, please click here. To view all our free training courses, please click here. Breathing Spaces in 2020 Community Garden Clubs - assisted gardening in small groups for people of various ages and abilities, including people living with dementia, people with mental health challenges or learning difficulties. From January 7th, the Mind & Memory one hour session at the Sidney Walter Centre is Tuesday mornings, 10.30am-11.30am, cost £8. From January 9th the Welcome Woodland Garden session at Maybridge Keystone Centre is on Thursdays, 10.30-12.30am, cost £16. Community Flower Farm and Heritage Veg - From January 9th they will be starting an allotment-style session in a different area of the Maybridge Keystone Centre grounds, on Thursdays, 10.30-12.30am. This session is also for people living with physical or mental health challenges or learning difficulties, attending independently or with their carer, as well as for volunteers who want to help support the sessions and/or our clients. The focus will be to improve confidence and sense of wellbeing by learning to grow heritage flowers, fruit and veg in a community garden and social enterprise that sells some of its harvest. There will be fun and purposeful activity, learning seasonal skills, mixing with other people, and emotional and mental renewal from the therapeutic effect of working with plants. There is a charge of £16 per session for people who need support but those who work with their carer or a volunteer attend for free, as of course do volunteers. A new, free programme called Grow Heal Bloom will run in late spring for women recovering from trauma and other mental health challenges. Using flower farming as a therapeutic activity, it will support women to learn practical and business skills, increase confidence, and gain volunteering and work experience. More details nearer the time. If you would like to book on to any of these programmes or to volunteer, please get in touch. Claire 07508 178590 or Lisa 07827 924151 [email protected] www.breathingspaces.co Have you got a Compass Card? Around 34% of eligible 0 to 25 year olds in West Sussex already have a Compass Card, but there are many more who could enjoy the benefits. Funded by West Sussex County Council and run by Sussex charity Amaze, the free card provides discounts at more than 300 leisure venues across Sussex, as well as providing access to free Compass Days for the whole family, regular special deals and a fortnightly newsletter. This short video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8UnIUEF8cE tells you about the Compass Card. Find out more by visiting www.compasscard.org.uk What counts as Disability Related Expenses? When starting out on a Direct Payment, your Local Authority will give you a financial assessment to see how much they will ask you to pay towards your care. This is called the Client Contribution.In order to reduce the amount you have to pay for your care your Local Authority should take into account any Disability Related Expenses (DRE) you have, which they should disregard as available income, thus reducing the amount they ask you to pay.Disability Related Expenses are any extra costs linked to any disability you have.You should make sure that when you have your financial assessment, you have a detailed list of all the DRE you have, so your contribution is as cost saving as possible.For more Information on Disability Related Expenditure, please visit our website by clicking here.